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Old 07-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Martinolich Family's 1st Trip to Disneyland! TR *UPDATE 7/31*

Hey ya'll! We are back safe and sound! Still a little on Cali time it feels like! All my pictures...well most of them are uploaded to photobucket now so I can get started! Ordered our photopass CD...cant wait to get it!
We had a great time! Can't wait to get back to Disney again! (WDW next July!) It's never too soon to start planning, right??!!

To refresh...

When: July 14 - 21, 2012

Where: Desert Palms Hotel

Who: Me, DH, DS10, DD5, DS then we were joined by DFIL, DMIL & DN6 on Tuesday night!

<insert family pic - gotta get it off photopass>

Departure Day: July 14

Waiting to board!

Our flight took off at 5:15p and we would arrive at LAX 7:35p Cali time.
This was our first time to fly anywhere with the kiddos....to say least, I was a bit nervous about it! I just didn't want to be "that" person with the screaming baby! I can say that baby was great! The screaming baby was behind us! Poor little guy...I felt so bad for him...he had just turned 1 yr old the day before. DD played with him through the seat and he loved her! DD is a 'little mommy' when it comes to little ones. She's so good with them!
The flight was great...I couldn't have asked for better!

Once we landed, we gathered all of our belongings and kiddos, got off the plane and headed for our luggage...found our luggage and then waited for the car rental shuttle...a few minutes later of thinking we wouldn't get picked up....the shuttle arrived! We were the only ones on it...off the Fox rent a car to get our "full size" suv! Hubby thought we were getting a Tahoe but nope...it was an Explorer w/ 7 seats....we are use to my Expedition! Anywho...he threw a fit about that and told him just deal with it that we wont be in the car that much anyway. We get out to get the Explorer and they said that it wasn't available and we could have a Jeep....it was a little mix up and ended up driving off with the correct vehicle! Whew!

Made it to Desert Palms hotel and DH went to check in while I waited with the kiddos in the car. Didn't take too long and he was back in car going to park us. We had room 420 and it had a balcony! Guess what!!?!! It was a park view room! Nice surprise! The hotel was clean, friendly staff and the complimentary hot breakfast was great! The breakfast included: scrambled eggs, sausage patties, cereals, make your own waffles, donuts, toast, yogurt, juice, milk and a few other things but can't remember...should have taken a pic! Breakfast is over at 10am....and they mean 10am! lol Twice we were running late and got in just in time...they lock the door so no one can come in after 10 and start emptying and putting everything away at 10! Once it was just our family and 2 other tables but the second time the dining room was packed!

Here's some pics of our room and the view!

Yuha Suite..King Room

Kids room w/sofa bed to right

Set of bunks on left of room

bathroom is to right just as you enter room...love that there were 2 sinks!

And look.........we even got a towel animal!

View from Balcony...it may be the "back park view" but still! Better than looking at the parking lot! You could hear the screams from ToT! It was funny!

By the time we had gotten our things in the room and pictures taken, we were starving! Remember...we were 2 hrs behind our normal time so it was well pass dinner for us!

I had wanted to go to DTD for dinner but we passed and went to find something...first we tried Denny's but we could not find a place to park! Parking lots were horrible..not much room in any of them it seemed!
After we turned around a few times and such...we went to IHOP..not my favorite but it was food! I did find it a little overpriced! I believe it was $8 for a kids plate?! Kids ate free anyway so no biggie! DH asked for grits instead of pancakes...here in TX that's no problem! But the waitress just looked at him like what are you talking about...so...I told her "grits" she said she didn't know what that was! We found that too funny! Guess you had to be there!

After dinner...we headed back to the room and crashed!

Day 1: Will DSbaby like the characters?

Day 1: Cont'd (not completed yet)
Me DH DS12 DD7 DS2
March 2007: 1st family vacation (off site) ~ July 2009: Fort Wilderness Cabin ~ July 2010: POP Century w/DxDP ~ April 2011:POP Century w/DP (Our 10 yr Anniversary Trip) ~ July 2012:1st Disneyland Trip(Desert Palms) ~ January 2013: offsite (DH & I) ~ July 2013: SS & AKL:Kidani (Brayden's 1st WDW Trip! & 1st DVC Trip!)~ November 2013: SS Treehouse & BC ~March 2014: Bonnet Creek (offsite) ~ June 2014: OKW

Last edited by martinolichfamily; 07-31-2012 at 10:44 PM. Reason: updated
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